Norwalk City Schools to employ 'retired' Sue Goodsite for 2nd year

Assistant superintendent and curriculum/grants director to earn another $99,900.
Cary Ashby
Dec 12, 2013

The Norwalk City Schools board of education has agreed to bring back administrator Sue Goodsite for yet another year.

The board, at Tuesday’s meeting, approved hiring her as assistant superintendent/curriculum and grants director for an additional year at her current salary, $99,900.

Earlier this year, Goodsite retired from the school district after 35 years of service. A teacher for 11 years and an assistant principal for four, she was the Pleasant Elementary principal from 1993 through 2006.

In August, Goodsite was re-hired as the assistant superintendent and curriculum and grants director — a position she’s held for the last three years. She accepted a reduced rate of $99,900 on a one-year, 240-day contract; that’s the same terms of her current contract.

“There are a lot of things happening this year with curriculum, so she is going to come back and help us for one year,” Superintendent Dennis Doughty said in August.

Now, three months into the school year, the board has opted to lengthen Goodsite’s stay. The new deal takes her through the 2014-2015 academic year.

This week, Doughty said this is a challenging time for the school system because of the many changes required by the legislature. Those changes include new teacher evaluations. Doughty also mentioned “the creation of internal documents,” such as student learning objectives.

“All that has to be created by the district. That will be Sue’s responsibility,” the superintendent said.

Doughty said Goodsite’s experience will be a smooth transition for the district and help implement all the changes required by the state and is better than bringing in a new administrator who would need to be trained.

“That’s the board’s rationale,” Doughty said, referring to Goodsite’s contract extension.

Comments

earlduck

unbelievable!!! levy no!! until they quit trying to make their cronies rich,how dumb are Norwalk citizens?

44846GWP

$99,900 for 240 days........sure, why not?

earlduck

oh yeah dumb enough to think that $99,900 is not $100,000 really fooling the people

earlduck

plus probably $70,000 from retirement

Gone2work

Hello really, unbelievable! Has she gotten any hate mail yet?

matt882

The Reflector has a knack for including all of the articles that push people's buttons on the website. I don't know if that is a department or a single person, but they are very good at their job.

ISPSP

Dr. Goodsite is more than "good at the job", she is genuinely concerned about NCS. If you doubt her acumen, review the advances that were made when Dr. Goodsite was principal at Pleasant Elementary.

dswwtp

@matt - You're correct. They also wouldn't want to mention that by hiring her, the schools save thousands of dollars worth of salary, health insurance, etc.

matt882

Agreed. Contrary to public perception, schools do whatever they can to effectively use the taxpayers dollar as efficiently as they can. The school board provides a system of checks and balances the leads to accountability.

rbenn

double dipping gotta love it

earlduck

wow ISPSP we all know that is what is commonly known as gobbly gook,and if there are people there who are not genuinely concerned with NCS maybe you should tell us about it.
and I was hoping that we would quit throwing around that doctor title after our last supt.

ISPSP

"...if there are people there who are not genuinely concerned with NCS maybe you should tell us about it."

I didn't intend to suggest that. I was simply expressing my opinion regarding Dr. Goodsite. And, yes, I will throw the doctor title around.... Please research the requirements for achieving a PhD.

rbenn

Just because someone went to college doesnt mean they are better than anyone. For gods sake look whats running the country.

ISPSP

Very insightful and very true. But I will stand by my opinion.

earlduck

the research will not be necessary genius

earlduck

@dswwtp at the cost of keeping newly trained educators working at sub rates
while this woman holds long boring meetings that nobody can stand.
they can promote from within and leave an opening at the bottom

Whoopball

What a bunch of small minded, jealous crybabies. You only make minimum wage at Mickey Dees so that's what we should pay our educators? Can't stand the thought of someone making a good salary when you don't? Here's a person who has worked hard to better herself and has dedicated her career to educating our children and she becomes a pawn played by the Reflector to generate "clicks." My kids went to Pleasant and I am appreciative of Sue's work. I am sick of the morons and crackheads who can't see that education is the only thing that is going to turn us around. If we don't invest in better education we will continue to lose out to China, Europe, or places like North Carolina or California. Vote no for education is a vote yes for drugs and poverty.

44846GWP

Sorry Whoopball, $99,900 for 240 days is off the charts in "over paid".

richrs

Figure this: 365 day in a year, 52 weeks each having one 2 day weekend, thats 104 days, there are recognized holidays and I think about 7 of them fall during the school year. Let's call it 2 weeks vacation for 10 working days (though I'm sure that is low). So what do we have: 365-104-7-10= 244 days. Okay, I was 4 days off.

rbenn

actually I make good money, and nobody hear is bashing her per say, its the double dipping that has people upset. And personally I respect people that work at mickey Dees you know why? THEY AT LEAST ARE WORKING!

earlduck

this crybaby doesn't work at mickey dees,and has a pretty good idea as to what is going on in the schools,and the ole cronies are all getting paid off

dannytanner

It is a little more than ridiculous that this lady is making $100,000 for 240 days of work. Is her retirement not ample to live on? Is it cronyism? There is an old adage...it's not who you know...gross misappropriation of money. Meanwhile, college graduates cutting their teeth in the education field can't find jobs. Absolutely disgusting. Shameful double dipping.

uturnlouie

rbenn its not double dipping, she earned her retirement from teaching now she is in admin. she earned her retirement from the first job

rbenn

Its double dipping

TheGravyWhisperer

...call it what you will, rbenn ...it still translates into getting justifiably paid, by contract agreement, for what you earned for years of dedication and service, 'and' getting further pay for additional time in service you are welcomed back into... I'm OK with that - seems others in the forum are as well ---

rbenn

So explain the "DIRE" financial situation that was just posted in an article just a bit ago? Money don't grow on trees. Cuts will effect over a 100 positions.

uturnlouie

not a single one of us posting on here can do the job that Dr. Goodsite does.and she does it because she truly loves our students and school system. Thank you Dr. Sue Goodsite You deserve more respect than your getting from these people posting neg. things about you. Its because they only know half of the numbers, If they could see how much money you save this school system, they would see a better picture

ISPSP

I will join uturnlouie in thanking Dr. Goodsite.

Contango

Re: "Goodsite was re-hired as the assistant superintendent and curriculum and grants director,"

In spite of the obvious need for belt tightening, NCS can apparently find $100K in the budget.

Hope that she can garner a lota grant money in order to more than offset the expense.

earlduck

ok I concede that Dr.Goodsite is the only person in the Norwalk city Schools
that can do the job,but now I'm worried about all the rest

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